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Spencer, Stanley Derek

Date of birth:
March 15th, 1922 (Chilliwack/British Columbia, Canada)
Date of death:
May 22nd, 1944 (Peursum, the Netherlands)
Buried on:
Commonwealth War Graves General Cemetery Goudriaan
Row: K. Grave: Coll 1.
Service number:
Canadian (1931-present, Constitutional Monarchy)


Stanley was born on March 15 1922 in Chilliwack, British Columbia, the son of Basil Geoffrey Spencer and Hilda May Spencer nee Fox (both English) of Cultus Lake, British Columbia. They were married on April 26 1921 in Chilliwack. His brother Geoffrey Althorpe Spencer has also served in the army with the Canadian Scottish Regiment in Holland. He was a student and member of the Anglican Church. His hobby was photography and his sports were skating and hiking. He enlisted on January 8 1942 in Vancouver and he went thereafter on July 7 1943 overseas to the UK. Stanley was killed in action on Monday May 22 1944 age 22 due to a crash with Lancaster ND956, near Peursum Goudriaan before or after an attack on Duisburg in Germany. The other fallen RCAF crew member was Sgt Allan A. Anderson age 21 in grave K-2 and the other fallen RAF crew member was F/Sgt Trevor G. Franklin age 21 in grave in K-1. The other fallen RAF Volunteer Reserve crew members were Sgt James Kiltie age 23 in grave K-2 and Sgt John Moffatt in grave K-1. The other RAF crew members survived the crash and they became then prisoners of war: Sgt J.F. Tomney and Sgt B.F. Bird.

On his headstone: "THY KINGDOM COME"
He is mentioned with the other fallen crew members on a memorial stone donated by the municipality of Goudriaan at the cemetery there.
He served with the 166 (R.A.F.) Sqdn Royal Canadian Air Force.

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Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 11th, 1943
Air Bombers Badge
Second World War (1939-1945)
Flight Sergeant
No. 166 Squadron, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
May 2nd, 1947
RCAF Operational Wings